Helen Chan

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Chan Wing Mui Helen joined the School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a PhD student in August 2015. Her research focuses on the relationship between mindfulness and innovation.

Helen received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Hong Kong. She has worked with the Immigration Department for 28 years in various areas. She was in charge of the Information Systems Branch of the Immigration Department and was responsible for the design and implementation of various information systems in the Department including the Smart Identity Card System. She has also led consultants to formulate the Information System Strategies for the department and responsible for the implementation of the strategies.

While she was with the Immigration Department, Helen obtained a Master degree on Information Systems Management (Distinction) from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a Master in E-commerce from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Doctor degree from the Renmin University in Beijing and a Master degree on Buddhist Studies from the University of Hong Kong. After her retirement from the government, she also obtained a Master degree on Chinese Culture from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Research Title
Mindfulness and Innovation

Prof. Johan Hoorn
Prof. Cees de Bont (External Co-supervisor)

About the Research
To research on how mindfulness can affect innovation, on a personal and the organisational level. More specifically how we can design environments, systems, and process that will encourage, facilitate, and allow for innovation to blossom.

Mindfulness has received increasing attention in the past two decades mainly in the field of health management and in education. There are a large number of researches on the effect of mindfulness practice on mental and physical health and also on education. Recent developments in contemplative neuroscience also show that mindfulness meditation changes the brain.

In recent years, more companies in USA and some in Europe have adopted the mindfulness practice in the workplace. These include technology companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook which are highly innovative enterprises.

The effect of mindfulness on innovation is still a largely unexplored area. The proposed research will focus on exploring the effects on personal or organisational innovation by individuals who practices mindfulness and to formulate a model on “Mindfulness Based Innovation”.